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From 1749 onwards Handel’s Messiah was performed at least once every year for the benefit of the Foundling Hospital. Charles Jennens, who selected the texts for the work, created a narrative telling the story of Christ’s Nativity, Passion, Resurrection and Ascension, prefaced by the voices of the prophets and ending in triumphant fulfilment.

Handel’s Messiah remains an ever-popular work that covers a vast range of emotions, from great tenderness and delicacy, to unbridled joy, to immense majesty and power. Join Tenebrae and a stunning line-up of soloists, accompanied by the English Chamber Orchestra, for the perfect start to your Christmas season.

Purchase premium tickets to enjoy an interval reception with festive refreshments.

We regret to announce that Christopher Purves is unwell and has had to withdraw from this performance. We wish him a speedy recovery, and we are very grateful to Matthew Brook for stepping in to replace him at short notice.

Artist Information

English Chamber Orchestra

Nigel Short Conductor
Grace Davidson Soprano
Sarah Connolly Mezzo-soprano
James Gilchrist Tenor
Matthew Brook Bass


Nigel Short, Tenebrae